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  #109   NEUBAUER  17"  Acoustic.  (Probably Anton)
   
 
  One-off,
   
 
  Beautiful, inspired by Hirsch
   
 
  Continuing the theme,   
 
  Not original
   
 
  Tapered cutaway  -  a sign of quality. 
   
 
  Comfortable pre truss-rod neck.
   
 

  Nicely book-matched Flame Maple with matching sides.
   
 

NEUBAUER

Anton Neubauer was born in the Czech Republic in 1906 and was taught instrument making by his father in law,  Franz Hirsch.    Hirsch was quite influential in some of the styling of the early Neubauer guitars.  

Anton's son Helmut was born in Schoenberg in 1932 but the Neubauers were driven out of the Czech Republic in 1946 working for a while with Hoyer.  In 1958 set up their own father and son workshop at Bubenreuth where many of the expelled Sudetenland stringed instrument makers had congregated.

The guitars made by Anton and Helmut in that period are revered and much respected for their style and particularly for their great acoustic voice.    Generally,  acoustic Neubauers are loud  -  a perfect archtop to play live in bands or in family groups, easily heard against violin, bass, wind and accordion (the typical music night family get together).  

Soon Neubauer earned a reputation for that rich, majestic tone loved so much by jazz players.

Generally, these guitars were not dated or labelled and so it is not easy to attribute a guitar to its maker.

In this guitar I see several cues which make me feel it is probably made by Anton  -  the shape of the headstock, the headstock decoration with the same motif running down the neck are all Hirsch inspired (in fact there are a few Hirsh guitars with this pattern).   It has a very Schonberg look and so most likely signifies an early guitar.   I get the feeling it is early 50's.    The very stylish f-hole design is unusual and very attractive.   Overall this is a very classy guitar and with the deep "damson" redburst finish really looks good.

Musically,  it is superb.   It has a powerful, rich, majestic voice with a balanced tone and excellent projection.    Structurally it is sound and stable.  The frets are worn but play really nicely and look original.    The  tuners have been replaced and it has had a neck re-set at some time.   The bridge in the pics is not original but the original bridge has been restored and fitted now.   

At 70 years old, it is in very good condition.    Cosmetically,  it looks fabulous from a distance but, up close,  it has more than its fair share of dings, dongs, scratches and bruises but none of them are serious.    So, if you look closely, you see a much used guitar but before long that majestic sound fills your senses.

It has a 17" body 3" deep with with full scale and a chunky (pre truss-rod) D shape neck with just has a nice relief to it.

     
     
     
  Price :  950 plus shipment (Insurance optional).   For overseas shipment please ask.

 

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